GERMANY - Meat processing and food companies from around the world have gathered in Germany, this week for the 32nd Anuga food exhibition, writes Chris Harris in Cologne.
The exhibition has attracted nearly 7,000 exhibitors with more than 850 representing the meat and poultry sectors from 50 countries.
With worldwide consumption of fresh meat growing – having risen by three per cent over the last five years and meat production expected to rise from 297 million tonnes in 2011 to 350 million tonnes by 2021, exhibitors at the Anuga exhibition view the trade show as a key element to project their new products onto the global market.
Christoph Minhoff from the German food industry organisation BE said: “The level of consumer confidence has been above average, thanks to an improved labour market, a reduced tendency to put money into savings and a moderate level of inflation.
“Consumers ponce again are willing to spend more money for food, as well as other items.
“In the past five years, real spending (in Germany) for food and non-alcoholic beverages has increased by 5.9 per cent.”
And at the British Meat dinner in Cologne on Monday night, John Godfrey the chairman of the British Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board echoed the optimistic feeling.
“Export growth is important to the economic recovery,” he said.
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